4 cocktail bars you have to try in London4 min read

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Jonathan Greenstein

American football playing individual|Patriots fan|Aspiring author & blogger|Thinks of himself as a bit of an entrepreneur|Ever hungry mind that is always willing to share|All round swell guy | Twitter - @J_Greenstein

London certainly has no shortage of places to enjoy a drink in. Everybody knows this. Whatever your taste in music, atmosphere or poison is there will be a place that caters to you. But… not all cocktail bars are created equal. This list will give you an idea of four drinkeries in London that you may not have come across yet.

Shaker & Company

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Shaker & Company – Camden

Promising a relaxed, vibrant atmosphere for the consumption of cocktails, Shaker & Company will take you back to eras gone by. With Shaker & Company offering vintage and modern rock n’ roll upstairs and Belle&Co, the glamorous speakeasy bar offering you a different atmosphere below, this bar should cater to most tastes. With them being awarded the Best Cocktail Menu in the Design My Night Awards 15/16, you have little reason not to go.

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Here is what they say about themselves.

Shaker & Company – “Located near Camden just minutes’ walk from Euston railway station and Warren street tube station. A relaxed neighbourhood cocktail bar, with a love of classic rock music. Shaker and Company is the perfect pit stop for an after work drink or a relaxed evening with friends. Call in for our craft cocktails and dirty burgers from Hot Blooded Kitchen and meet our award winning bartenders who will make your night out in Euston one to remember for all the right reasons!”

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Belle&Co – “Belle&Co takes its design and inspiration from the Belle Époque era (1890-1914), when peace and prosperity in Paris and London allowed the arts to flourish, and many masterpieces of literature, music, theatre, and visual art gained recognition. Original Victorian floorboards cover the entire area, with gold-trimmed burgundy theatre curtains filling the length of the performance space while gold leaf Mulberry Damask fabric hugs the walls surrounding the fleur-de-lis tin-clad bar and ceiling. Paris bentwood chairs were sourced from Parisian antique fairs along with a comfy Edwardian-style chesterfield in this opulent bijou bar.”

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You can enjoy a free cocktail when you sign up to their mailing list. Details can be found on their website or check out their Twitter and Facebook.

Evans & Peel Detective Agency

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Evans & Peel Detective Agency – Earls Court

Wow. Your insider knowledge of London’s growing collection of secret and illicit speakeasies will soon be unparalleled. This is yet another delightful speakeasy for you to enjoy. Based in Earls Court, Evans & Peel Detective Agency offers up a menu of 1920’s prohibition style cocktails and food. If you can find the secret entrance on Earls Court, you will meet the detective in the agency before gaining entrance to the unique den below.

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In keeping with the theme, from behind the bar you will be served your beer in brown paper bags and cocktails will be crafted up including Old Fashions and whisky delights.

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Be sure to check out their fantastic website, Twitter and Facebook.

The Bootlegger

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The Bootlegger – The City

Head on down to the prohibition inspired den in the heart of the City. Hidden down an unassuming stairwell, this cocktail bar revives the spirit of the old speakeasies. Decorated with photographs, antique tack, vintage furniture and dimly lit by copper lamps and candles, Bootlegger creates an immersive world to sit and enjoy,

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Serving up American food, lavish cocktails and playing hosting live jazz, blues and Charleston bands, The Bootlegger is easily a place you can get lost in for hours. Let it be know, this place is a premium location so expect to shell out a bit of cash.

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For their particulars, see their website, Twitter and Facebook.

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Floripa

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Floripa – Shorditch

Moving away from the 1920’s speakeasy theme, Floripa in Shoreditch is a Brazilian-inspired bar, club and restaurant offering subtropical delights in a party atmosphere.

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Named after a party island off the coast of Brazil, Floripa brings a vibrant Brazilian twist to the East London. They host DJs, live bands and huge parties, those of you looking for a vibrant atmosphere should head on over. On the bar they serve incredible cocktails such as Caipirinhas, Cachaca based cocktails and traditional favourites like Mojitos and Martinis. If you are looking for food, their Brazilian infused menu should provide enough sustenance to hold you over until the next band comes on.

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To reserve a place, see their website. For social contact, check out their Twitter and Facebook.

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If you know some bars you would like us to feature, let us know either via email or in the comments below.

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Jonathan Greenstein

American football playing individual|Patriots fan|Aspiring author & blogger|Thinks of himself as a bit of an entrepreneur|Ever hungry mind that is always willing to share|All round swell guy | Twitter - @J_Greenstein

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